The first months and years of your child’s life are very important for developing language. Undetected hearing loss is one of the causes of delayed language development. Delayed language can lead to behavioural, cognitive and emotional problems.

Children who are deaf or hard of hearing have a better chance of developing effective language skills when hearing loss is identified early and they receive the support they need.

Services Offered

Who Can Receive These Services?

For Hearing Screening Services

  • live in the City of Toronto (postal codes starting with “M” only)
  • fall into one of the following categories:
    • birth – two months of age
      Eligible to receive newborn hearing screening
    • two – 24 months of age
      Eligible if the child has a risk factor associated with a permanent hearing loss
    • 24 months – six years
      Eligible if a permanent hearing loss has been identified

For Audiology Services or Communication Development Service

  • live in the City of Toronto (postal codes starting with “M” only)
  • be between birth and six years of age
  • have a permanent hearing loss